The Veteran Directed Care Program
By USVCP Staff Writers
November 20, 2019
Are you familiar with the VDC program? Most veterans have no idea the program exists. Those who know of the VDC program have no idea what the program is really about.
For starters, VDC is an outstanding benefit available to veterans who are currently enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. Fortunately for veterans, many services are available from the VA health care system, and many are provided through VDC, at no cost to the veteran. For example:
1. Assistance with household tasks, such as cleaning, laundry, shopping, meal preparation;
2. Assistance with personal care such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication reminders;
3. Help with home modifications, repairs and maintenance;
4. Emergency Response System;
5. Accompaniment to medical appointments and non-medical transportation;
6. Consumable medical supplies such as nutritional supplements and
7. Support, goods or back-up services that help veterans remain at home.
Since VDC is part of the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package, all enrolled Veterans are eligible if they meet the clinical need for the service and it is available in their location. NOTE: This VA program is only available in certain locations.
A copay for VDC services may be charged based on your VA service-connected disability status.
VDC Model of Care
VDC is designed to give veterans and their caregiver more access, choice and control over their home care services or long-term care services.
Veterans & caregivers can:
- Decide what mix of services will best meet their needs
- Hire their own personal care aides (which might include their own family member or neighbor)
- Buy items and services that will help them live independently in the community
Use the Caregiver Assessment Form to help you make an informed decision about utilizing the VDC program.
Click here to Download Caregiver Assessment Form
Complete form below to determine program eligibility and discover how to quickly connect with VDC coordinators.